Old Testament: Genesis 42:29-38
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 6:12-30
Psalms: 70, 71, 74
Gospel: Mark 4:21-34
What’s it like to come home? I can think of sitting by the fire, resting and having tea, being with family. I remember coming home from the mountains and washing the dust off, and coming home from Africa and picking up threads of an American life. The idea of home is a comforting anchor.
Today’s Genesis reading is part of the dramatic story of Joseph. He had been sold into slavery by his brothers (so much for family life) and was living in Egypt, far from home. In these verses, he has become a ruler in Egypt and is in the process of reuniting with his family.
It becomes clear later in the story that Joseph spent years without his family, away from home, but realized these things: It’s nice to have family and a home, but that’s not always possible.
God is our real parent, and our home is in Him, wherever that may be. Sometimes circumstances may get worse than being alone or homeless (Joseph was thrown into a pit, sold into slavery, and falsely imprisoned, and that’s only the middle part of his story); but he trusted in God’s plan (Genesis 50:20) and was comforted by God as his anchor.
May we have faith like Joseph.